"the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." - Samuel P. Huntington
just before i dash off to go furniture shopping at Ikea and other fun places: read Where Is Raed for yet another perspective on war and imperialism. been thinking about that lately, with the whole korean civ situation and with Cumings being fond of throwing historians at us and saying 'well, think about this for a little while'.
let's think about what the 'clash of civilisations' really means: are we talking about an inability to get along, or is it something more fundamental to human nature like greed or fear or jealousy that makes 'civilisations' unable to stomach the existence of alternative ways of life that are just as valid as their own. and face it, what we define as civilised comes from where we come from anyway.
taking off for the weekend --